Should an author put all her Book-Eggs in one online basket?

Lynda Filler Author 

Yikes, this weekend saw so many authors with books that dropped out of the Amazon system. I experienced half of my novels directly “not available for sale,” or they disappeared altogether. I don’t know what happened, but apparently, it was a technical issue. If I lost sales for 3 days, can you imagine what this international glitch cost the company in lost revenue?

But, after all that, I finally got SHOOT ME up and running, linked with the paperback and the ebook on pre-order. But the question remains, should an author put all her book eggs in one online basket? I don’t know. The top authors are not too upfront about this specific issue. Are the other online retailers responsible for a large percentage of sales? Or do they represent single digit percentages?

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Readers’ Favorite Best in Contemporary Fiction 2018

In Lie to Me, an exposé on sex for money  I introduced you to Layla an American writer who has an insatiable curiosity about the men in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico who sell their bodies to vacationing women. Yes, it is as interesting as it sounds. Who wouldn’t want to know how a male prostitute feels about his life and the clients he services.

Tomorrow I head for Miami, Florida to receive the 2018 Bronze Award for Contemporary Fiction Social Issues for Lie to Me. I will be posting from the Miami Book Fair, and the Readers’ Favorite Awards show. It should be so much fun. A wonderful side benefit will be the interaction with fellow authors that I only know online.

I’m also excited for my new release book 2 in the series, SHOOT ME, on pre-order for .99 cents this week!

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Layla wakes up one morning to an empty bed in steamy Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 
She drowns herself in wine, espresso, and pot but nothing seems to dull the ache of losing Mateo. A change of scenery in the trendy city of Guadalajara might be the answer.

Insert Pablo, a hot young fashion photographer.
Add forty-something writer Layla, her pink stilettos and her insatiable appetite for hot young men.
Complicate things with Omar, a musician, and a one-night-stand.
Enter Mish a University student who is relegated to the friend zone in Layla’s life. But will he stay there?
Then invite the cartel boss’ son to a private opening of the fashion photographer Pablo’s latest erotic exhibit.
A bomb goes off, and the action goes into overdrive.

If you love sexual-tension, and a complex series of titillating and exciting twists and turns, you will want to read Shoot Me. 
Layla is a woman with a heart who keeps searching for love in all the wrong places.
Will she finally find it?   

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12 Books Every Man Should Read

Reblog from CRISTIAN MIHAI

Whether sexual in nature, or books that deal on subjects such as family, history, or the relationship between men and women, these are must-read books for any man, true treasures of information when it comes to a man’s place in today’s society.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Gabriel García Márquez

It is almost impossible to read this short novel and not be moved by the life of G.G. Marquez’s main character. An old man wishing to feel alive, wishing to spend his 90th birthday in the company of a virgin woman, so full of life. How many have found love at a young age? How many have located it at 90? How many lived to be 90 years of age?

The day the old man meets his love, that’s when all fear of dying is obliterated. The simple act of contemplating a naked woman, without any sexual desires being involved, that’s what some of us might call love. Real love.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores need to be read at least once. Maybe more than once.

Two of Us
Alberto Moravia

Released in 1971, Alberto Moravia’s novel is all about the cold war between a man and the lack of performance of his organ. So to speak. Yes, this might shock the faint of heart, but this novel deals on subjects that are all too relevant in today’s world. A lack of self-worth, the idea of finding one’s physical appearance disgusting, the obsessive nature of man.

 

The 120 Days of Sodom
Marquis de Sade

 

The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, was written by the Marquis in 37 days while imprisoned in the Bastille.  Considered the most perverse book ever written, a true encyclopedia of sexual excesses, a long time thought to be lost, it was finally published in 1904.

It is worth reading by those who believe that love-making is repetitive in nature, that one cannot imagine new pleasures (depends on how you defined them) into existence.

 

Emmanuelle
Emanuelle Arsan

 

Eroticism as a concept, as a code, as ceremony, as art, as science.

“No one is born anything. One must learn. Our way of becoming men, of mutating into men, is to reject our ignorance and our myths, like a hermit crab casting off its old shell, and don the truth like a new garment. Thus we can be indefinitely born and reborn. With each ‘abrupt mutation,’ we’ll be more human and we’ll remake our world to suit out pleasure better. ‘Learning’ is learning to enjoy. Ovid already said it, as you’ll recall: ‘Ignoti nulla cupido!’” (you cannot desire what you do not know), Nihil volitum nisi praecognitum (Nothing is wanted that was not previously known.)”

As Oscar Wilde said, everything in life is about sex. Except for sex. Sex is about power.

 

Dangerous Liaisons
Choderlos de Laclos

 

Published just years before the French Revolution, Dangerous Liaisons is a novel of moral and emotional depravity is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals (and ex-lovers) use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others, all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their manipulative talents. Merteuil challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, all the while being occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. Eventually, their human pawns respond, and the consequences prove to be more serious–and deadly–than the players could have ever predicted.

Often compared with Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Dangerous Liaisons has been adapted a number of times.

Sexus
Henry Miller

 

Or read some other of his novels. Tropic of Cancer or something. But you must read something by Henry Miller, if only to be dumbfounded as to how someone can be so pornographic, have such a disgusting way of describing certain depravities and such pitying views when it comes to certain characters, yet you cannot stop reading.

It is shocking, yet you must read more.

A brilliant writer, one of the most influential writers of the last century, Henry Miller deserves the most to be on this list.

Women
Charles Bukowski

 

“I was sentimental about many things: a woman’s shoes under the bed; one hairpin left behind on the dresser; the way they said, ‘I’m going to pee.’ hair ribbons; walking down the boulevard with them at 1:30 in the afternoon, just two people walking together; the long nights of drinking and smoking; talking; the arguments; thinking of suicide; eating together and feeling good; the jokes; the laughter out of nowhere; feeling miracles in the air; being in a parked car together; comparing past loves at 3am; being told you snore; hearing her snore; mothers, daughters, sons, cats, dogs; sometimes death and sometimes divorce; but always carrying on, always seeing it through; reading a newspaper alone in a sandwich joint and feeling nausea because she’s now married to a dentist with an I.Q. of 95; racetracks, parks, park picnics; even jails; her dull friends; your dull friends; your drinking, her dancing; your flirting, her flirting; her pills, your fucking on the side and her doing the same; sleeping together” 

The Founders Of The World’s Five Largest Companies All Follow The 5-Hour Rule

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Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos. Larry Page. They are all polymaths too.

by Michael Simmons, Serial Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, Contributor To Fortune, Forbes, HBR, Time, & Many More

(reblog from Thrive Global)

The founders of the five largest companies in the world — Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos — all share two uncommon traits. After studying self-made billionaires for many years now, I believe that these two traits are responsible for a lot of their wealth, success, impact, and fame. In fact, I put so much faith in these two traits that I’ve used them in my own life to start companies, be a better writer, be a better husband, and achieve financial security.

Here are the two traits:

  1. Each of them is a voracious learner.
  2. Each of them is a polymath.

Let’s unpack these two terms, and learn a few simple tips for using them in your own life.

First, the definitions. I define a voracious learner as someone who follows the 5-hour rule — dedicating at least five hours per week to deliberate learning. I define a polymath as someone who becomes competent in at least three diverse domains and integrates them into a skill set that puts them in the top 1% of their field. If you model these two traits and you take them seriously, I believe they can have a huge impact on your life and really accelerate your success toward your goals. When you become a voracious learner, you compound the value of everything you’ve learned in the past. When you become a polymath, you develop the ability to combine skills, and you develop a unique skill set, which helps you develop a competitive advantage.

By Bill Gates’ own estimate, he’s read one book a week for 52 years, many of them having nothing to do with software or business. He also has taken an annual two-week reading vacation for his entire career. In a fascinating 1994 Playboy interview, we see that he already thought of himself as a polymath:

PLAYBOY: Do you dislike being called a businessman?

GATES: Yeah. Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe ten percent to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want to put it on my business card.

PLAYBOY: What, then?

GATES: Scientist. Unless I’ve been fooling myself. When I read about great scientists like, say, Crick and Watson and how they discovered DNA, I get a lot of pleasure. Stories of business success don’t interest me in the same way.

The fact that Gates considers himself a scientist is fascinating given that he dropped out of college and had spent his whole life in the software industry at that point.

Interestingly, Elon Musk doesn’t consider himself a businessman either. In this recent CBS interview, Musk says he thinks of himself as more of a designer, engineer, technologist, and even wizard.

The list goes on. Larry Page has been known to spend time talking in depth with everyone from Google janitors to nuclear fusion scientists, always on the lookout for what he can learn from them.

Warren Buffett has pinpointed the key to his success this way: “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.”

Jeff Bezos has built his whole company around learning on a massive scale via experimentation and has also been an avid reader his whole life.

Finally, Steve Jobs famously combined various disciplines and looked at it as Apple’s competitive advantage, going so far as to say:

“Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.”

And, of course, the founders of these five companies aren’t the only massively successful individuals who share these two traits. As I’ve written about before, if we expanded the list to a sample of other self-made billionaires, we quickly see Oprah Winfrey, Ray Dalio, David Rubenstein, Phil Knight, Howard Marks, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Charles Koch, and many others share similar habits.

Why would some of the busiest people in the world invest their most precious resource — time — into learning about topics seemingly unconnected to their fields, like fusion power, font design, biographies of scientists, and doctors’ memoirs?

Each of them commands organizations of thousands of the smartest people in the world. They’ve delegated almost every task in their lives and businesses to the best and brightest. So why have they held on to this intense amount of learning?

After writing several articles attempting to answer these questions, this is what I’ve ultimately come to:

At the highest levels, learning isn’t something you do to prepare for your work. Learning is the most important work. It is the core competency to build. It’s the thing you never delegate. And it’s one of the ultimate drivers of long-term performance and success.

As I came to this realization, I wondered: Why isn’t it obvious that we should all become voracious learners and polymaths throughout our whole lives given that we live in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing, advanced-knowledge economy? Why does the average person think of deliberate learning as an optional thing to do on the side?

I think it’s because of three strong messages we’ve all been taught — in school, in college, and in general society — that may have been true in the past but are definitely no longer true. Here’s how these three lies break down:

  • Lie #1: Disciplines are the best way to categorize knowledge.
  • Lie #2: Most learning happens in school/college.
  • Lie #3: You must pick one field and specialize in it.

These beliefs are so insidious that they’ve destroyed our intuition about learning and knowledge, and they ultimately hold us back from creating the success we want. If we can become aware of them, we can rectify them, just as the most successful people in the world have done.

To continue with this insightful article please go to THRIVE GLOBAL (Arianna Huffington founder of  HuffPost) for more!

 

Ratan Tata’s 10 Rules for Success

 

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Ratan Naval Tata is an Indian industrialist, investor, philanthropist, and former chairman of Tata Sons. 

I always enjoy Evan Carmichaels top 10 Rules of Success and often share them with you. So here’s Ratan Tata’s top 10 Rules of Success.

 

  1. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES
  2. TAKE CHANCES
  3. PERSEVERE
  4. BUILD TRUST
  5. BE HUMBLE
  6. HAVE HEROES
  7. BE YOURSELF
  8. MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  9. BE MOTIVATED BY COMPETITION
  10. DO WHAT CAN’T BE DONE

My favorite is #2 TAKE CHANCES. That’s been my motto my entire life.

In my early business career, I started a retail store at the age of 21. I built that into 10 stores. Eventually, I took a chance and opened wholesale fashion company. I still recall sitting in my office on a Friday evening frustrated at the treatment I’d received from a fabric vendor. At that time, in the garment district in Montreal, I was one of a half-a-dozen females running her own business amongst a thousand men. The large textile wholesaler would not have been so demeaning to a guy.

A lot has changed in the world, and yet, many things remain the same. The kind words of Ratan Tata remind me that I have always been motivated to make a difference, to pave the way for generations to come and to always take chances in all aspects of my life. If you never take risks, you never reap the rewards.

I send you off on your work week with these words: #10

DO WHAT CAN’T BE DONE! 

 

Watch the video Live on Evan Carmichael.

Unlock your passion

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I LOVE every word out of this man’s mouth.

If you haven’t met Jay Shetty, now is your opportunity. Most entrepreneurs talk about their ten rules of success. What I love about Jay’s message is how he blends the HEAD the HEART and the HAND. It’s not just about the intellectual obvious things of success, but following our life’s purpose and then finding our true purpose in making a difference in peoples lives. So if you’re currently in a rut, if you have achieved a level of success in society’s eyes, but you’re not doing something you love, then there is no heartfelt satisfaction in your accomplishment. And in the final analysis, it’s how we share our hearts with the world that truly gives deep and lasting happiness. When we find our true purpose there is something so deep and personal in the gratification we receive that we know in the deepest part of our being, that we are following our life’s purpose.

HEAD: What you want, the way you pick your path, your clarity of vision 

HEART: Understanding your heart and how your heart connects with your vision

HAND: Compassion and care, how we share and pay it forward or give back is where the three things connect and give us true meaning in our lives

When I started to publish my work, poetry was the way I shared my head and my heart. In those days, Myspace was a place for artists where we could connect and share what we felt passionate about. I had so many poems it was easy to look back and connect the dots and realize that each poetry book represented diaries of the life I was living at the time. In 2015 I had an opportunity to connect my vision of what I loved to read and what I wanted to write. So my Heart once again connected with my head and carried me forward. LOVE The Beat Goes On was so much more difficult to write because I laid bare my life, my emotional journey in the hopes it would help others go through their lives. And the payback is in the emails, the FB notes, the complete strangers who reach out and share their pain and how my memoir helped them realize they are not alone. The Hand.

So as difficult as it is to make it as an independent author in a sea of millions of others writing stories, I persevere and nothing can take me off my path. I write to share my vision of the world–as crazy and raunchy as it sometimes gets. I write to entertain, to surprise and sometimes shock because that’s the way of the world. And when my own books have moments of clarity of purpose, insights I never saw coming, I know I’ve found my life’s purpose.

My fondest wish for you today is that you too, find your life’s path and never live with regrets.

Love and gratitude for being part of my world,

Lynda

 

 

One of the things I do on almost a daily basis is “listen” to a YouTube video from Evan Carmichael.

Show Love: President Barack Obama

 

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How do you set the tone for your day? Are you making the most of those precious wake-up moments to create the life you were born to live?

I started a habit a year ago that I enjoy tremendously. I’ve often shared this process on my blog because I’m passionate about you, my fans, readers, and friends. If you are giving me any of your precious time you deserve the best from me.

I follow #Believe Nation Evan Carmichael. His You-Tube programming always leaves me with something that makes me smile and forge on. Today I will share Barack Obama’s Top 10 Rules for Success. Evan always has a favorite. His is #2, mine is #10 Show #LOVE.

What’s your favorite on President Obama’s top ten rules for success?

  1. LEARN FROM FAILURES
  2. WRITE YOUR OWN DESTINY
  3. PRESS ON
  4. LEARN FROM OTHERS
  5. WORRY MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
  6. REFUSE TO GIVE UP
  7. DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY
  8. BE WILLING TO TRY
  9. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS
  10. SHOW #LOVE

 

More on my personal philosophy on life, living, healing, and miracles in Book of the Month October 2017 LOVE The Beat Goes On. You can pick it up on Amazon.

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Keep on going

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Whatever your dreams and goals, keep on going.

When I started my author business in the summer of 2015, I had no idea it would grow to 14 publications in 4 genres, Poetry, Action Novellas, Contemporary Fiction, and Memoir. I have at least six more books occupying space in my mind and my heart. How will I ever have the time to get it all done?

I’m sure I’m not the only author, business person, entrepreneur, artist, student, or mother, asking herself this same question. How do we find the time to get it all done? And furthermore, how to do we handle the failure of not getting it all done?

I know Mark Zuckerberg is not a great name this week to bring into the conversation on Success, but in a way, he represents the reality of the journey to success. It will never ever be a straight upward line. There will always be ups and downs, goals reached, others not, disappointments and wins. That’s life.

So this month I set the sales bar for my books higher yet again. No, I didn’t quite make it–off by 5%–but it was my best month ever since I started monitoring my journey. One of my goals though was to have one or all of my JET books in the top twenty at Amazon. JET-Reborn hit #12! So goal achieved. Goals need to be measurable and we need to be accountable for them to be goals. So last summer I started being more organized about how I was going to reach where I knew I wanted to go. It’s been fun. And no matter whether I reach the monthly goal or not, I set the bar higher each month. And I keep on going.

Let me share Mark’s list from Evan Carmichael  

The top 10 rules of success by Mark Zuckerberg.

  1. JUST START
  2. TAKE RISKS
  3. KEEP ON GOING
  4. BE PREPARED TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD
  5. HAVE HEROES
  6. DELIVER VALUE
  7. WORK IN A TEAM
  8. BELIEVE IN YOUR MISSION
  9. HELP OTHERS TO FIND THEIR PURPOSE
  10. REMEMBER WHERE YOU STARTED.

I have two favorites. One, Keep on Going…even in LOVE The Beat Goes On I quote The Little Engine That Could. If you don’t know that children’s book, look it up! And the second is Believe in your Mission. I would go a step further and say, write out your own personal mission statement. What are you trying to achieve, why, and how. It will help to keep your eye on the prize, to keep you focused on your goals.

Have an amazing week and whatever you do, do it with #LOVE and #PASSION.

 

 

Keep Going…take a leap!

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You know I’m a huge fan of Evan Carmichael. I listen to him every day while preparing for my day. I always learn something new or am reminded of an old good habit I may have let lapse. But most of all, I’m inspired by Evan’s passion and his commitment to collecting the information for us each day, collating the works of famous successful people, and sharing it with us. Evan’s philosophy is: “I #Believe in you!”

Here’s his excellent take on Will.i.Am’s success:

  1. BE A DOER
  2. WORK ON YOUR DREAMS
  3. BE CREATIVE
  4. HAVE WILL
  5. MASTER YOUR CRAFT
  6. KEEP GOING
  7. TAKE A LEAP
  8. TURN DREAMS INTO REALITY
  9. DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF
  10. SPREAD LOVE

Watch it on YouTube and feel the passion!!

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If you’re curious about the things I live by and have helped me to heal from incurable, download or pick up a copy of LOVE The Beat Goes On.

Thanks for reading!

 

“If You Don’t Have TIME, You Don’t Have PRIORITIES!”

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First of all, thanks to Evan Carmichael and his #Believe network for Tim Ferriss’s 10 Rules for Success Vol. 2. Find Evan on YouTube with new motivational/inspirational videos daily. This site is my first stop every morning before I begin my day!

Let’s take a look at what Tim Ferriss has to say. Many of you will know him for his book The Four Hour Work Week Escape 9-5,

These are Tim’s Top 10 Rules of Success

  1. Ask Great Questions
  2. Start Small
  3. Be Focused
  4. Unplug and Reset
  5. Accept the Collateral Damage
  6. Try the Five Minute Journal Method
  7. Schedule Your Time
  8. Get Feedback
  9. Simplify
  10. Do Acroyoga

 

See the full video here. I know you will be intrigued by his simple concepts. I #LOVE  #5 Accept the Collateral Damage.

Thanks, Evan Carmichael, you are my hero!

 

Be Driven by Passion

 

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Love this: Evan Carmichaels Top Ten Rules for Success DEMI LOVATO

“If you’re looking for ways to find your path, focus, and keep going, this video–and list–is for you. Lessons to be celebrated from a woman who speaks openly about being bullied so badly growing up that she asked for homeschooling, and having an eating disorder to having to having 5 albums hit Gold in the U. S. and setting a Guinness World record for being the youngest judge on the X Factor Show. Here are her top ten rules for Success!

  1. FIND YOUR PATH
  2. PUT OUT POSITIVE ENERGY
  3. BE DRIVEN BY PASSION
  4. FOCUS
  5. BE AUTHENTIC
  6. FOLLOW YOUR GUT
  7. KEEP GOING
  8. POUR YOUR HEART INTO YOUR WORK
  9. INSPIRE, HELP OTHERS, MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
  10. PERFORM AMAZING

What an amazing, open and inspiring woman–a great role model for all young women today.

You can listen to her whole interview on Evan’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/MzqrvJeWMPk